women doing facials at homeIt’s only October, but you’re already clicking confirm on dozens of holiday invites. How can you keep yourself in tip-top shape while dashing from Thanksgiving brunch to Christmas dinner? Here, we offer the ultimate party prep dos and don’ts so that you can get a game plan in place well before the party season starts.

1. Do start with a fresh palette.

Once the Halloween makeup comes off, it’s time to get serious about your skin. Our favorite way to kick off the season is with a relaxing facial; it’s ideal for giving both your pores and patience a little break before the holiday madness descends.

2. Don’t skip the cut and color.

Timing is everything. If you’re still coasting on that late-summer hair refresh, go for a full cut and color just before Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect time to transition between fall and winter, and the new ‘do will hold up well into January.

3. Do practice a secret-weapon look.

If your idea of party prep is smearing on some bold lipstick in the five minutes between conference call and cocktail hour, spend the pre-season downtime perfecting an easy day-to-night face. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of color, some look-at-me mascara and the perfectly placed shimmer, but nailing the look ahead of time will keep schedule conflicts to a minimum.

4. Don’t ignore those hands.

Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to add a pop of festivity, so give your hands some extra attention before you start switching from gold to glitter every two days. Manicures and pedicures should be seasonal staples, but nail-repair treatments and paraffin dips are both practical and indulgent.

5. Do have a crisis toolkit.

Remember the time you woke up with super-puffy eyes on the morning of your biggest holiday event? This year, cut that crisis off at the pass. Keep a stash of quick fixes like contouring eye cream, restorative hair serums and face-blotting tissues, and you’ll be prepared for whatever pre-party fiasco comes your way.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

There’s a crimp in your hair. Tonight’s smoky shadow is less sultry than sleepy. Let’s face it: If you’re party hopping until New Year’s Day, you’re bound to have a few less-than-perfect moments. Fix what you can – a little silver shimmer will whip that eye issue into shape – but don’t spend hours agonizing over imperceptible details. No one will even notice that crimp when you’re glowing with holiday cheer.

Ready to deck the halls with tons of gorgeous? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with the experts at Bella Vita to get prepped for your most beautiful holiday season yet.